Walker signs with Coker
Cody Walker is one of the most successful athletes to come through Cuthbertson High, and his career will continue.
A two-time state wrestling champion, Walker signed with Division II Coker College.
Walker was a freshman when Cuthbertson opened its doors for the first time in 2009, and will once again get to be the cornerstone of growth at Coker.
Coker College, located in Hartsville, S.C., added wrestling to its athletic program in 2012, and Walker is excited to be a part of the first-ever recruiting class.
"It's definitely an interest that drew me in there," Walker said. "Coker starting from the ground up will give me a chance to start from the beginning. I won't have to sit behind anyone. Getting to wrestle as a freshman is a big advantage for me. I just want to try and put Coker on the map, try to make them a program to be recognized in the future."
Walker finished his senior season with a 39-3 record and successfully defended his 2A state title with an overtime victory over former state champion Tyler Myers of Trinity.
Walker isn't resting on his laurels.
"I definitely need to be training a lot more," he said. "I'll be in the weight room a bunch just trying to get in college shape because it's a whole other world. It's just like when I went from middle school to high school. It's just jumping up to another level of intensity and another world."
Walker, who wants to wrestle in the 125-pound weight class for the Cobras, is a serious student.
"They know I'm going to be about school first," Walker said of the coaching staff. "They wanted to get students that would succeed in the classroom first because that's what you're going to college for number one. Obviously, two-time state champ is good to have on your resume."
Walker plans to major in business management.
On the mat, he wants to leave a legacy of success — just like he's doing at Cuthbertson.
"This was a first year program when I entered and I think I left a pretty good foundation," he said. "I would like to do the same thing and maybe win a national championship one day."